May 4, 2022 | 3-minute read (451 words)
Xu to Touch on Fundraising, Investment Thesis, Current Investment Climate and Trends
Palo Alto, CA – April 28, 2022 – Early Growth, a leading Essential Business Services (EBS) provider, announced today the speaker for its May Meet the VC panel event to be held at 12 p.m. PT on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. The featured guest speaker will be Lisa Xu, principal at FirstMark Capital, a leading New York City-based early-stage fund, program, and community for B2B SaaS startups.
Meet the VC is a monthly panel event hosted by Early Growth and its partners. Every month, a prominent venture capitalist discusses their firm’s investment thesis, trends they’re seeing in the current investment climate, and more. It is held in an interview format hosted by Early Growth, followed by a Q&A session with attendees.
At FirstMark, Xu sources and evaluates new investments for the firm. She joined the investment team in 2018 and focuses on consumer technology and consumer facing Web3 applications and platforms. As a board observer, she also works closely with and supports FirstMark’s portfolio companies, including Workit Health, Loop Returns, and Simplist. Prior to joining FirstMark, Xu was a product manager at New York-based venture-backed startups Handy (acquired by ANGI Homeservices) and Peloton (NASDAQ: PTON). Previously, Xu was a senior associate consultant at Bain & Company, where she performed due diligence for private equity firms and advised Fortune 500 companies on corporate strategy.
Xu graduated summa cum laude from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor of science in finance and management. She serves as a mentor for Techstars, NYU Entrepreneurship, and BLCK VC, a nonprofit organization that equips Black investors to accelerate their careers in venture capital.
FirstMark is a venture capital firm based in New York City. The firm invests in early-stage technology companies, frequently as the first institutional investor. Notable investments include Airbnb, Pinterest, Shopify, DraftKings, Upwork, and Ro. FirstMark Capital was founded by Rick Heitzmann and Amish Jani in 2008. In addition to its investment team, the firm employs a platform team focused on areas like corporate development, talent, content, and community that is responsible for supporting FirstMark companies after an investment. FirstMark also organizes four NYC-based communities revolving around artificial intelligence and big data, design, and product management, emerging and frontier technology, and software development.
About Early Growth
Early Growth is the one-and-done solution for VC-backed and startup companies’ Essential Business Services (EBS), including FinOps (CFO services, bookkeeping and accounting), PeopleOps (human resources, benefits, and payroll), and Risk (business insurance). Since its inception over 10 years ago, Early Growth has helped over 4,000 VC-backed and startup companies, many from first round to exit and beyond.